Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Why can't we get a radio station like this?
Radio Hauriki, New Zealand. Yes, they have a streaming webcast, just click on the "Listen" link.
Scan over at the last half-dozen or so songs played just now:
Rollover DJ - Jet
Are You In? - Incubus
Daughter - Pearl Jam
Handwritten - The Gaslight Anthem
I Remember You - Skid Row
Higher Ground - Red Hot Chili Peppers
Hold On - Alabama Shakes
Look, I'm not saying this is exactly 100% my music, or that it's perfectly new and innovative, or that it's All That. It's just that it's not yet another oldies station, it's not yet another country-pop station, it's new-ish music, and their musical programming is not selected by cabal of angry 15 year olds. (Yeah, on that last one I'm talkin' to you 97.9 WCPR.) And as a bonus, their web site doesn't look or load like it was designed during the Clinton administration – "Optimized for Netscape!"
Well, I can stream'em at home, but I can't take'em on the road with me. It would be a change for the better to have a listenable station around here that I don't have to stream, wait for nightime skywave, or pull out the antenna design book to receive.
Freekin' New Zealand, they've got everything. Hell, they've even got Hobbiton these days.